The Summing Up
This book represents Maugham's life and philosophy in his own words. It is autobiographical in nature, though most of the work is concerned with Maugham's unique and fascinating opinions on the theatre, writing, metaphysics and the interesting people he encountered in his long and successful career.
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They will admire Walter Pater ' s , but will read an essay by Matthew Arnold
without giving a moment ' s attention to the elegance , distinction and sobriety
with which he set down what he had to say . The dictum that the style is the man
is well ...
admire if you would be a person of culture and not a British philistine were Walter
Pater and George Meredith . I was very ready to do what I was told to achieve this
desirable end and incredible as it must seem I read The Shaving of Shagpat ...
But Walter Pater was a feeble creature : it is unnecessary to condemn him with
intensity . I dislike him not for himself , but because he is an example of a type in
the literary world that is common and detestable . This is the person who is filled ...
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